2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round one: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror bracket
Welcome to day five of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday, all the favorites advanced, with Expedition Everest, Rock n' Roller Coaster, Indiana Jones Adventure and Men In Black Alien Attack easily moving on to the next round.
Today, the reigning champion enters the arena to defend its crown. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios faces what I'll call the "play in" contestant from among Disneyland's Fantasyland rides, Peter Pan's Flight.
As always, I ask you to take a look at the comments below *before* casting your votes. (Early voters, get the campaigning going by submitting a comment.) Thoughtful votes help make this a better tournament.
Two Cedar Point coasters face off in our next match-up: It's Top Thrill Dragster versus Maverick.
The Beast versus The Dinosaur sounds like a decent late-night horror movie. How do you rate the attractions?
Dollywood and Knott's Berry Farm both have been known for their fried chicken dinners. But you wouldn't want to partake too soon before riding either Thunderhead or Xcelerator. Which coaster is your favorite?
To the comments!
Maybe I missed the memo, but how were these ranked again? Not that it really matters, but I was suprsised that Dinosaur was the underdog. Looks like some upsets today!
take the dragster over maverick!
This is a relatively pain free round.
I was proud of you folks rating the great woodie The Beast over the mediocre, dim Dinosaur. But now you're testing my faith by voting for the Disney ride. Look, I'm all for supporting great Disney attractions, but let's not reward them for half-baked efforts, okay?
The first matchup of the day is a no-brainer. Peter Pan is immersive, entertaining, and definitely worth your time but cannot compare with the technological wonder that is Twilight Zone - The Tower of Terror. TOT is a perfect example of what Disney does best: take a standard amusement park idea (in this case, a "freefall" style ride) and turn it into a creative tour de force. Simply the best themed attraction at WDW and one of the most thrilling and unique rides I have ever had the pleasure to experience.
Okay, James, we are in complete agreement here. I am scared.
Tower vs. Peter
The most expensive attraction at WDW in 2009 is Expedition Everest. Anywhere from $100 - $200 mil was spent (TH CREATIVE swears it was only $125 mil, but until I see the receipt I am leaning toward $200). All that money and now it is broken. Maybe Disney should have spent more?
James- FYI Dinosaur, and Expedition Everest were made by the same WDI creative, and reside in the same non-mature park. It seems to me that that very same sum of dollars could have been split to smaller projects to give a more robust experience for the park, but that's just me. I question some of the choices, but I don't know all the factors.
I'll take Tower of Terror in the first one. It's head and shoulders over Peter Pan.
It's heating up!!
Jeffrey, the only thing I don't like about DAK is Primeval Whirl and that whole Dino-rama area. The money spent on that midway crap should have been used on the Beastly Kingdom idea instead. Other than that, I think the folks responsible for DAK were brilliant.
Honestly, how is Dinosaur better than The Beast?
I thought that the defending champ deserved not just the number one seed, but also a sacrificial lamb, just like in, oh, other 64-team tournaments run this time of year. :-)
Shame on you, Mr. Rao. This is a family site. Now kids, they simply mean that Dolly Parton gave him a wonderful, one-of-a-kind Woody from Toy Story doll. There...problem solved. Now, I return you to Theme Park INSIDER.
Perhaps next time, you can have a preliminary poll for the 64th slot, a week before the tournament. This way rides that get no love, like Superman, can have their supporters come out to get them in.
Tough to choose between TTD and Maverick - but my vote goes with Maverick. They are both extremely popular but I'm surprised Dragster was one place higher - vote goes to Maverick.
All the choices were easy today, but I also have to disagree with you, Robert. I love Dinosaur. I think it absolutely destroys Indy in dark ride appeal. The pterodactyl is corny, and the McDonald's ads are a little overwhelming, but I'd take it over The Beast any day.
Hee hee hee, thanks, Raul.
This is increasing my resolve to visit Dollywood this summer and do a big write-up with photos and video.
I gotta disagree with you too Robert about Dinosaur. I find that matchup very hard due to the Beast being such a great roller coaster and Dinosaur, in my opinion, being such a great thrill ride.
After three rounds my picks are sitting at a respectable 10 of 12.
Ooops! I meant 12 out of 16!
Could only vote for Tower of Terror as this is the only pair that I have experienced both rides. Peter Pans Flight is quite nice but the queue is hell in that it is unbearably hot and slow moving and the ride is short. Tower of Terror is in my opinion amazing. I love the ride itself, the story the theming the views and the drop. It is def one of my fav rides. Poor Peter Pan can not compare.
Emily...go ahead...vote! While it is nice to "take the high road", trust me, no one voting in the tournament has ridden every ride. Do some research, check out some POV's on youtube, talk to people who have ridden things you haven't to get a comparison, then if you feel comfortable, make a choice. There is no rule that says you have to ride something to vote for it. I am not advocating a complete guess (do your homework first and don't just vote Disney or Universal by default like some people do!), but if you feel strongly about something, then vote for it!
Go Beast. I don't know where the Disney superfans are, but I do know where the Kings Island superfans are.
James and Raul - I'm completely blushing...Kids - I love my Woody doll!!
Well at least it appears we can all agree on the first pairing - TOT is a wonderful reinvention of the freefall ride.
[James slips Robert a $50 and some theme park tickets]
$50 bucks? I knew the economy was bad, but WOW. If I give you $100 can you make it so Superstar Limo gets named Best Ride EVER.
That's gonna cost waaaaay more than $100. :-)
I can't think of a more overrated Disney ride than the Tower of Terror. Yes, it's a great drop ride, but it's still a drop ride no matter how much window dressing. It's fun the first couple times but has little repeatability. Pan is a classic dark ride in a unique carriage through an immensely nostalgic physical environment. It should easily beat ToT but it won't unfortunately.
FWIW, the Kings Island and Cedar Point fans showed up in the middle of the day, looking at in-bound links from the log files. The KI folks rallied for The Beast, and appear to have picked up some support from the Cedar Point fans, who are voting coaster over Disney.
I love Disney. I've been to DL more than any other park. I also love coasters. And thrills. I'm voting without - or at least before - reading the comments because I'm feeling spit upon by some of your regulars. This is not a pleasant feeling. I want to vote what I like fairly and not because I'm reacting to someone's comment about fanboys.
Had to go with Dinosaur. Quite a decent dark ride. Not the best around mind, but it still promises a good thrill. Can't comment on Beast, having never ridden it, which is unfortunate because from what I've seen it looks like a great coaster. However, my vote goes for Dinosaur.
I also don't get the hate for Dinosaur. I picked that because i love riding with friends who have never ridden it before and seeing their expressions when the Carnosaur(us?) comes out. Im always making some sort of odd face in that picture while everyone else in the car looks like they just peed themselves. Plus, as i explained last vote, wooden coasters make me ill. I may be missing out on some great rides but i get migraines and neck injuries.
i think tower of terror leaves my stumick at the top. sence your but is flying off the seat it seams it is trying to go get my stumic LOL
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